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Title:Vicarious Traumatization in Therapists: Contributing Factors, PTSD Symptomatology, and Cognitive Distortions
Author(s):Lugris, Veronica Maria
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Helen Farmer
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Psychology, Clinical
Abstract:One hundred ninety-one licensed psychologists who work with traumatized clients completed a survey that examines the impact of personal and professional factors on vicarious traumatization. Quantitative results indicated that therapists' personal variables of sex, personal trauma history, and current stressfulness of personal trauma predict PTSD symptoms, while variables that include vicarious exposure to trauma and perceived social support predict hyperarousal symptoms and cognitive distortions above and beyond the effects of therapists' personal variables. Qualitative results revealed the importance of maintaining a balance between professional and personal support, a holistic attention to body and mind that includes physical exercise and self-care, spirituality and meditation, leisure activities, cognitive strategies, and personal growth activities. Implications and recommendations for future research are discussed.
Issue Date:2000
Description:102 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9990069
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2000

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